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While other athletic clubs hibernate, Majestic Oaks welcomes Old Man Winter's frigid embrace with snow-savvy cheer. Played using golf clubs and a fuzzy tennis ball, snow golf provides nine holes of family-spanning fun and takes less than an hour to complete. Traversing the course, most of whose holes are under 100 yards, provides a reason to enjoy a brisk winter afternoon with friends while getting some light exercise. Hot chocolate and coffee (a value of $1.50 each) can keep your foursome of snow-golfers warm or can be used to punish snowmen who overindulge in mulligans.

701 Bunker Lake Blvd NE
Andover,
MN
US

A shimmering sheet of bluegrass spreads underfoot on each of the 27 holes at Viking Meadows Golf Club. Eighteen of these manicured fairways make up the club's championship-length course, The Meadows, a 6,428-yard undertaking that pits players against water hazards on six holes, tricky dogleg turns, and the constant threat of mole people bursting from the ground. The Woods course, its nine-hole sibling, invites golfers to practice their game or tune up before playing through the championship links.

The Meadows Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,428 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 71.1 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 124 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

The Woods Course at a Glance:

  • 9-hole, par 30 course
  • Total length of 1,655 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 30.2 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 91 from the back tees

1788 Viking Blvd NE
Cedar,
MN
US

Designed by prolific course architect Joel Goldstrand, Rum River Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course weaves through 6,308 yards of water-lined fairways and undulating greens. Water hazards present challenges from the very first tee, where aggressive players may choose to lay up or drive balls over a pond to cut the corner off of a fairway that dog-legs right, setting up a favorable approach onto a green 413 yards away. Rum River Hills tests players’ short game with undulating greens that take golf balls through more sharp turns than a golf cart driving through a grocery store.

A full-length driving range allows players to warm up before they take to the course, and the club's PGA instructors offer lessons for those looking to improve their swing mechanics. After a day at the links, course patrons can drop in at McDuff's Restaurant, which serves an expansive menu of salads, burgers, steaks, and pizzas. Inside the sunlit dining room, 11 TVs let guests catch up with live sports, while outdoor patio seating caters to those hoping to reverse engineer the technology of the lawn mowers maintaining the course below.

Course at a Glance:

  • Designed by Joel Goldstrand
  • 18-hole, par 71 course
  • Length of 6,308 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options

16659 Saint Francis Blvd
Anoka,
MN
US

Club swingers thrive on the tree-lined fairways of Chomonix's 6,596-yard course, where the flora and fauna of Minnesota's wilderness bespeak the course's location on the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes park reserve. Water hazards pepper seven holes, and sand traps camouflaged as golf-ball resorts add excitement to each shot. With a full bucket of balls, orb whackers can improve their form and distance on the driving range, and players can practice distinguishing between real holes and invisible wormholes on the putting green nearby. Golfers quash hunger with the clubhouse's grilled brats or burgers. The course experiences little or no winter-kill, so the local flora stays healthy all year long.

700 Aqua Ln
Lino Lakes,
MN
US

Tucked in the cool shadows of old, forest oak trees, St. Croix Valley Golf Course's nine-hole layout invites golfers to swing across 133 acres of rolling topography. Originally sculpted into the woods in 1925, the 3,060-yard course eschews sand traps and favors natural obstacles including ponds, trees, elevation changes, and indigenous photographers who snap their shutters during players' backswings. The golf experts that preside over the pro shop can sharpen swings with lessons, ensure trustworthy equipment with club regripping services, and offer rental clubs so players don't have to hit with the oversized gavel normally used to settle remote control disputes at home.

Course at a Glance:

  • 9-hole, par 36 course
  • Length of 3,060 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options

2232 100th Ave
Dresser,
WI
US

At dawn, just as the sun breaks the horizon and a layer of dew reveals a path of fresh footprints, fairways open up through the morning fog to reveal a challenging circuit of golf holes. Chisago Lakes Golf Course's relatively open, par 72 layout features forgiving tree-lines and multiple ponds, which come into play on 12 holes to supply the bulk of the course's difficulty and relief for caddies with dry-mouth. Runaway swings gain traction at the club's driving range, which features a grass hitting area that measures 40 yards by 60 yards to ensure a natural lie for each swing rehearsal.

At the pro shop, golfers stock their Scottish quivers with new equipment and accessories from Titleist, Cobra, Cleveland, and other top brands. Chisago Lakes also encompasses The Gallery Bar & Grill, which serves up an eclectic menu that includes classic burgers, steaks, and seafood.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,545 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 72 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Scorecard

12975 292nd St
Lindstrom,
MN
US